But that being said, I’m still pretty damn jealous. This weekend I met yet another couple my age setting out to see the US on the open road. Yes, I now know two couples who live on the road. Yes, it seems unfair to me too.
The couple, Mel and Carson, have recently had their story featured in Travel + Leisure magazine and will be documenting their journey on www.localcolorxc.com. They have renovated an old trailer to use as they traverse the lower 48 states in one year’s time. While most of their path is undetermined, their goal is set. They’ll visit most of the states in our fair nation, recording their travels and take a little extra time to find direction in their lives, even if not on the road.
Another set of friends, Marie and Josh, (okay, I’ve only met Marie but I assume Josh and I would be instant friends) are about to hit their one year anniversary of living on the open road. You can catch up on their travels on their blog Ardent Camper. This is totally wild to me. Sure I lived out of a backpack for a year but I was 22. It seems so much harder now. Now there are expectations. Now an income needs to be more than enough to buy Ramen.
Also, now there is such a thing as freelancing and work from home.
You don’t need an office. You don’t need a boss. You need internet. You need determination. You need gumption.
Since these travels are basically my life dream, I would expect to drowning in jealousy. And let’s be honest, I haven’t stopped thinking about it. The idea of the visiting friends across the country, staying in national parks, staying in little towns- seeing all of America! The idea of not sitting every beautiful day in a cubicle under fluorescent lights… what more could you want? It makes me want to pull out a map and start planning. Despite that, I feel like I’m in a different sort of adventure right now. I’m still getting to know Wilmington. I’m learning about being a homeowner, a pet owner. I’m not done here yet!
To my friends living each day with purpose, to my friends living each day with adventure, you have all of my admiration.
And all of my jealousy. Please take me with you!